Why Cities Need to Invest in Active Mobility for the Climate and Economy

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Current urbanization trends, rising incomes, and increased vehicle ownership are steering cities toward a future with 40% less travel by walking, cycling, and public transport by 2050. This trend poses a significant threat, foreseeing a substantial 33% increase in greenhouse gas emissions from urban transport. This projection underscores the urgency for cities to decarbonize their transportation systems while preserving equity and livability. Cycle infrastructure networks are one of the most cost-effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the urban passenger transportation sector. By scaling up active mobility infrastructure, cities can generate climate and health benefits and strengthen investments in public transportation, providing a compelling alternative to the subsidies supporting motorized transport.

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